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Tribute to Ama Ata Aidoo: Africa’s literary icon, fear writer who inspired Burna Boy

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Tribute to Ama Ata Aidoo: Africa’s literary icon, fear writer who inspired Burna Boy

Ama Ata Aidoo, the acclaimed Ghanaian author and poet whose words danced upon the page with eloquence and power, has passed away at the age of 81. Throughout her illustrious career, Aidoo’s literary contributions touched the hearts and minds of readers worldwide, painting vivid pictures of the African experience and challenging societal norms with unyielding courage.

One particular moment that encapsulated Aidoo’s indomitable spirit was her speech from her 1987 interview featured in the Afrobeat singer Burna Boy’s song, “Monsters You Made.” In this powerful anthem popularly titled “What would the world be without Africa?” Aidoo’s voice reverberated, intertwining with Burna Boy’s electrifying music to deliver a resounding message of resilience and liberation.

In her speech, Aidoo spoke with unwavering conviction, confronting the monstrous systems of oppression that have plagued her beloved continent for centuries. Her words, infused with wisdom and grace, echoed through the lyrics, resonating deeply with listeners across the globe. Through her participation in this musical masterpiece, Aidoo showcased her unwavering dedication to amplifying the voices of the marginalized and bringing attention to the urgent issues that demanded attention.

But Aidoo’s impact extends far beyond this momentary collaboration. Born on 23 March 1942 in Abeadzi Kyiakor, near Saltpond, in the Central Region of Ghana, she blazed a trail as a fierce advocate for gender equality and social justice throughout her literary career. Her renowned novel, ‘Changes’ published in 1993, explored the complexities of a changing society, daring to challenge the norms and traditions that stifle progress.

Aidoo fearlessly ventured into uncharted literary territory, weaving narratives that highlighted the often-overlooked stories of African women. Through her celebrated works, including ‘Our Sister Killjoy’ and ‘Anowa’ Aidoo unapologetically exposed the layers of patriarchy, colonialism, and cultural tensions that constrained her society. With a masterful command of language, she wove these themes into a tapestry of beauty and resilience, empowering generations to question an

Beyond her written works, Aidoo was a trailblazer in the realm of education and activism. She championed the importance of education as a means of liberation, tirelessly advocating for the empowerment of African youth. Aidoo’s tenacity and intellect inspired countless individuals to dream beyond the constraints imposed upon them, sparking a fire of hope that continues to burn brightly today.

Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Aido continued to push the boundaries of African literature, experimenting with form and genre and tackling a wide range of social and political issues. Her works, which include novels, plays, and poetry, are characterized by their lyrical prose, incisive social commentary, and unflinching honesty.

She served as the Minister of Education in Ghana from 1982 to 1983, and later founded the Mbaasem Foundation, an organization that supports women’s writing in Africa.

As news of Aidoo’s passing spreads, tributes pour in from literary communities, scholars, and admirers around the world. Lola Shoneyin, a Nigerian author described Aidoo as her literary mother, a towering figure and feminist who taught her and always had the right words. She also sent condolences to her daughter Kinna Likimani who took after her mother’s footsteps becoming an editor and a literary critic.

Aidoo’s legacy as a literary icon and fearless activist will forever be etched into the records of African literature, and her words serving as a beacon of light for generations to come.Her passing is a loss not only for Ghana and Africa but for the entire literary world.

Her memory will forever be cherished, her works cherished, and her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she inspired. Rest in power, Ama Ata Aidoo, for you have left an indelible mark on the world.
-Businessday

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Nollywood actor Aki, first wife separate, unveils new partner

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Nollywood actor Aki, first wife separate, unveils new partner

Nollywood actor Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as Aki, has announced his separation from his first wife, Nneoma Nwaijah.

The couple, who married in 2011 with a traditional ceremony in Imo State followed by a white wedding in Lagos, met on a film set in Lagos where Nneoma worked as a costumier.

In a recent Instagram post, the 46-year-old actor revealed his new marriage to Stephanie Promise, with whom he has one child and other children.

Celebrating Promise’s birthday, Aki expressed his gratitude for their journey together, describing her as the heart of their family.

He wrote: “My world…my love ! On this special day, I want to celebrate not only your birthday but the incredible journey we’ve been on together.”

“You have blessed our lives with two beautiful girls who light up our world, and now, we have been gifted with a precious baby boy.”

“Watching you embrace motherhood with such grace and strength fills me with awe. You are the heart of our family, the rock we all lean on. Your love and dedication to me and our children are unparalleled, and I am endlessly grateful for the life we are building together!”

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“As we welcome our son, CHIDUBEM IVAN CHINEDU IKEDIEZE (CiCi) into this world, I am reminded of the boundless love and joy you bring into my life. You are my partner, my best friend, and the love of my life 🥹☺️🥰.”

“On this special birthday, I hope you feel the immense tenderness and appreciation that surrounds you, the unbreakable bond and the love that radiates within us.”

“Happy Birthday baby, my angel, my sweetheart ❤️🥰☺️💕💞💝. Here’s to many more years of laughter, love, and beautiful memories.”

“Happy birthday to my soulmate, Stephanie Promise @iammsp1 ☺️❤️😘🤗 #StephaniePromiseChineduIkedieze.”

Though Aki did not disclose when his first marriage ended or when his second marriage began, his post highlights a new chapter in his personal life.

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Kidnappers release singer Rarara’s mother after 3 weeks in captivity

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Renowned Hausa musician Dauda Adamu (known as Rarara) and mother, Hajiya Hauwa’u Adamu

Kidnappers release singer Rarara’s mother after 3 weeks in captivity

Halima Adamu, the mother of renowned Hausa singer Dauda Kahutu, popularly known as Rarara, has regained her freedom.

She was released after nearly three weeks in captivity.

Halima was abducted on June 28 from her residence in Kahutu village, Danja LGA, Katsina State after some armed men stormed the enclave.

Rarara announced her release via his Instagram page early Wednesday morning.

He expressed profound gratitude to God for her safe return.

“ALHAMDULILLAH! ALHAMDULILLAH!! ALHAMDULILLAH!!! By the grace of God we have returned mama in peace of mind.

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“I am very grateful to my Lord. Thank you my family and friends. I am grateful to my fans all over the world. Surely I don’t have enough thanks to you. May Allah reward you with blessings and may Allah keep our relationship,” Rarara stated.

He, however, did not disclose if any ransom was paid to secure his mother’s release. It is gathered that Halima is currently receiving medical attention at a hospital in Abuja.

Halima’s abduction on June 28 was marked by a silent raid on her village, with residents reporting no gunshots during the operation, which “took only a few minutes.” Reports suggest the abductors specifically targeted Rarara’s mother, leaving other residents unharmed.

Rarara, who was born in Katsina, gained widespread popularity for his performances during the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rallies in Kano before the 2019 general election.

In March 2023, his house in Kano was invaded and set ablaze by hoodlums.

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Kanayo O Kanayo speaks on his crashed marriage

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Kanayo O Kanayo speaks on his crashed marriage

Veteran Nigerian actor Kanayo O Kanayo recently appeared on Nedu’s podcast, The Honest Bunch, where he discussed the challenges surrounding his marriage.

The veteran actor disclosed that he has been separated from his wife for nearly four years.  During the episode, KOK reflected on the concept of marriage and divorce, revealing that his understanding of divorce deepened only after moving to Lagos.

He pointed out that a specific mentality exists among young couples in the city, which he believes is detrimental to marital stability.

According to Kanayo, most Igbo men strongly dislike divorce. He said that instead of leaving a difficult marriage, many would rather stay and endure it.

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Netizens Reactions..

@PromiseWel29202 said: “Omo all this people that calls themselves top actors are also a problem in this country. You didn’t know what divorce is doesn’t mean there are no civilized igbo then that doesn’t know about it. So divorce is not a tribal thing. Any small thing the Igbo man. No tribe is perfect.”

@Timothy_Dikachi said: “This is so true. Only some new generation Igbo men that go into marriage with divorce plans on sight.”

@DonXiXii said: “How does an old man KOK nott know about divorce in Ihboland until he came to Lagos while in my primary school, I knew many divorces amongst my Igbo relatives, neighbors, classmates etc?”

@Marvellifestyl7 said: “No lies, he’s right.”

@macnamuna said: “I’m not surprised, most of them there fathers married 4 or 5 wives and no one left. And people give there daughter out for marriage base of character and family background, but today the only criteria you need as a man to get married is money.”

@JerryIkenna8 said: “Isn’t he divorced??? Haven’t seen his wife in any of his pics family recently.”

@DayoIge5 said: “Lagos Is iconic and legendary. Everything you thinknin Nigeria. Lagos comes 1st. Think of making money through social media. You will get to Lagos. Divorce knowledge, you will get to Lagos. Lagos is ironically an independent nation…..”

@DuchessLethal said: “Not just divorce I bet he had never also seen a box of cereal until he got to Lagos.”

@AyoOlaJo said: “What about the woman? you beat them to d£Ath before they leave too?”

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